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    New WR450 starter

    Thanks to both you guys. I've never heard of a "new" engine not being turned over by the starter, but since I've been kicking my TT for so many years the magic button is new to me. I guess I'll put the honus back on the dealer & get a new battery (at no charge or the s--- will fly Thanks again
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    New WR450 starter

    I just purchased a "New" WR450, (after years on a TT500) actually an 07 model year but new out of the crate at the dealer. Got what I thought was a good deal Out the door, taxes, set up etc $5100. Any way I got it home & the battery seemed dead, it wouldn't turn the bike over. I called the dealer & they told me that the starter doesn't have enought power to turn over a new engine & I'll have to kick it (no problem, worked fine) untill the motor gets broken in. Is this normal? I've never heard of this before. Anyone else have this happen? Thanks
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    Lets see your vintage ride

    '78 TT500. I ride with guys on KTM300's, CRF450 Hondas etc. And they get jelous because all anybody we meet wants to talk about or ride is the old TT
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    TT500 oil questions

    I''ve got a 1978 Yamaha TT500 that I've had for a year. My 2 questions regard the oil. First, my wife has a 2007 TTR125 Yamaha with a Rekluse clutch. We live in the same town they are built, & had the mfg install it. They recommended Shell Rotella T oil for use with the Rekluse. They also said it was a great oil to use in my older TT. SO, any opinions or experience with the Shell oil? Second. I've contemplated using a synthetic in the TT, but have heard stories about converting an older bike to synthetics. Something about it loosens up varnish or whatever and can clog the oil passages. I change my oil about every 5-6 rides. I'm an older (55) rider & don't bomb like the young guys. Is my oil change intervals about right. I've just come back to riding after 30 some years & have forgotten most that I knew Thanks